Start Your New Year With Renee Kelly’s Harvest

photo credit: La'Shonda Woodard, FashionPlateKC

photo credit: La’Shonda Woodard, FashionPlateKC

I’m very frugal, but sometimes I splurge every once in awhile. Splurging for me could be getting a professional pedicure, getting a massage, buying an item for my home, traveling, or trying a new (high dollar) restaurant.

I’ve visited Renee Kelly’s Harvest before, but every time I visit the menu is different. And every time I visit I’m left satisfied wanting to come back for more.

Renee Kelly’s Harvest is not cheap, but the food is delicious and worth every penny. One thing that sets the restaurant apart from other restaurants is, all of the food is local “farm-to-table.” The chef is passionate about supporting local farmers whom grow food with sustainable practices. The restaurant also grows some of its own produce and herbs.

The menu also changes with whats in season, so you can expect to get a variety of savory meals each season.

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I was invited to a “new menu” tasting with some fellow Kansas City bloggers and was impressed. I made a pact with myself that I would try every single thing that was prepared and I thoroughly enjoyed every item, even items I didn’t think I’d like.

Above is a salad I tried. It had arugula with charred leek vinaigrette, cranberry gastrique, linnchego, and bacon. OMG, it tasted so good. I didn’t think I would like it because I’m so used to romaine lettuce, and spinach, but I was wrong.

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The second salad I tried was a salted roasted beet with caramelized pumpkin pecan, warm pear vinaigrette and sorghum salad. The beets were delicious. I liked this salad too but It was something I can’t put my finger on that I didn’t like.

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I’ve never had duck wings before. They were really good, especially with the sauce on it.

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The crispy skin striped bass, red rice, saffron creme, ancho glaze, was so good. I remember fishing as a kid catching bass, but I’ve never had it in a creative way like this. It was so good, and the spice made the fish taste even better.

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Pork belly with apple caramel butter glaze. Now I was scared to try this dish. I don’t think I’ve ever just eaten pork belly, but it was good. It was easy to cut and I enjoyed it.

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OMG, these coffee and molasses Saparilla short ribs with root vegetable puree, roasted and raw braising greens was delicious. The ribs were so tender, and the coffee/ molasses, gave the ribs a sweet taste.

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Pork chop with smoked sunchokes, and winter squash. When I say this is hands down the best pork chop I’ve ever eaten, believe me. The meat was seared just right. I don’t even eat a lot of pork, and I would have gladly eaten another.

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Renee Kelly’s Harvest is the only restaurant in the metro area serving up Scotch Filets. Pictured is a Scotch filet with sweet potato mushroom gnocchi, demi and butter braised turnips. I could have had seconds, and thirds of the sweet potato gnocchi.

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To top off dinner we had smores, with homemade marshmallows, and homemade cookies. They also have a variety of desserts to chose from.

If you never visited Renee Kelly’s Harvest this year would be a good time to do so. I have to get in the habit of visiting once per new menu.

Find more information about the restaurant, contact information, and restaurant hours here.

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